Weddings

If part I of the Sands wedding felt cinematic, part II deserves an Academy Award. Tucked away beneath the trees of the Calamigos Ranch, Tim and Meghan’s magical wedding began at dusk. The bride walked down an aisle that was strewn with white flower petals which served as just the touch to the perfectly intimate and whimsical ceremony. The reception was a sea of lavender, purple and white flowers with tables that were covered in candles placed neatly in pale blue jars. The beautiful cake was a lovely shade of lavender, adorned with lush white flowers and two white birds. However it was the venue’s unique lights and lanterns hanging so elegantly from the trees that set the mood of the utterly romantic evening. It was under these twinkling trees that guests dined, laughed and celebrated the union of two remarkable people. Meghan and Tim created the perfect atmosphere for dancing. We got some great shots of them as they Read More

Weddings

Every once in awhile you come across a wedding that feels truly cinematic. Often used for filming, the lovely Calamigos Ranch, served as the perfect venue for actors Meghan and Tim. It was deep in the heart of Malibu Wine Country that we followed Meghan and Tim on their special day. We were with Meghan as she prepared for the day she had been dreaming of her whole life. Looking absolutely stunning in her dramatic yet understated gown, there is no doubt that the bride modeled a dress that Grace Kelly would have been proud to wear. She even added some drama with a one shoulder strap and glitter embellished shoes that shimmered stunningly under the Malibu sun. At a venue not far from where the most iconic Hollywood stars spent most of their time, Tim and his groomsmen would’ve made even Cary Grant proud in their classic tuxes. We got some great shots of the group celebrating before the Read More

Portraits

Twice a year we are lucky enough to shoot for the cover of LA Bridal. This go around was especially spectacular not only due to the experience but on account of the fantastic location. Boat Bed and Breakfast on Shelter Island in San Diego proved to be a perfect setting for this shoot. This establishment transformed five boats into the ultimate bed and breakfast experience on the ocean. It wasn’t long before we took one of the boats out and got some great shots of the models in several fabulous styles. Popping champagne and exploring just about every inch of the boat we finally could not resist the temptation to take a few romantic Titanic-esque shots. At sunset the sky turned a vivid shade of bright orange offering us nothing less then perfect conditions. After sunset, Boat B&B was kind enough to allow us to shoot on a luxurious yacht. We could not have asked for better. Between the stunning Read More

Weddings

John and Kim truly are a couple that exude happiness, so it was no wonder their wedding guests felt the same energy. Choosing a quaint, yet elegant feel for their wedding, John and Kim decided, Naples Island, was just the spot for their perfect day. The charming destination is best known for it’s winding canals resembling those of Venice, Italy. Kimberly was an angelic bride in an ethereal dress that echoed the old days of Hollywood glamour, complete with a crystal embellished belt. Her bouquet added the perfect pop of color, with various hues of orange that closely resembled the flowers and berries on John’s boutonniere. The couple were married under a spectacular pine tree adorned with orange paper lanterns and hanging flower baskets. Each table featured a centerpiece similar to the bride’s bouquet, along with a jar of homemade blueberry and vanilla jam with a special label that read,”Spread the love.” Throughout the day, John and Kim seemed completely relaxed, constantly smiling and laughing Read More

Weddings

After Steven and Shelly’s touching ceremony, we followed the couple and the bridal party outside for some beautiful shots before sunset. Then it was back to The Chuck Jones Center for a one-of-a-kind reception and dinner. The couple sprinkled many personal touches throughout the reception, including napkins with a personalized message, bowls overflowing with candy, and countless roses and calla lilies. It was a pleasure to watch their closest family and friends take turns toasting the couple with one sweet speech after another. But it wasn’t all serious! Shelly had a big surprise waiting for Steven. She invited his favorite DJ to spin for the reception! It was a fantastic treat for everyone who intended to dance. Shelly also wowed guests by serenading everyone with a song. She has a gorgeous voice!  We also got some cheeky shots of Steven removing Shelly’s garter. Steven and Shelly are so down to earth and talented, and their wedding day embodied their spirit. Read More

Weddings

We always love to work with couples from Long Beach. The city seems to produce almost exclusively great people. Steven and Shelly are the perfect example of that. We were with the couple at the Wyndham Costa Mesa as they prepared for their beautiful day. Shelly looked simply stunning as the makeup artist completed the finishing touches. Her dress and bouquet were equally gorgeous and dramatic. It was clear from the serene expression on her face how much the day meant to her. Her bridesmaids kept Shelly company in perfectly chic black gowns. Finally, it was time for the ceremony at The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a nonprofit founded by the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones. The Center’s website says its vision is, “to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.” The space is very minimalistic and served as a blank canvas for the Read More

Weddings

Welcome to Part Two of the Swanson Wedding! Shannon and Billy’s wedding was the epitome of elegance and fun. After finishing their Coors Lights at a quaint cottage B&B, the couple moved the party to The Wedgwood, a Spanish style clubhouse at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. We captured some wonderful moments as Billy and Shannon exchanged vows under an idyllic open-air gazebo. The golf course provided a perfectly lush, green backdrop. By the time they were done, there was not a dry eye to be found. And then it was time to celebrate.  The theme was Jack Daniels after all! By the time Shannon and Billy joined the reception, the dance floor was already packed.  It was clear everyone was  having the time of their lives. And yes, the whiskey flowed! We feel so lucky to have been a part of the Swanson’s incredibly unique day.  Everyone was so warm and helpful, we couldn’t help wondering if we were somewhere in Read More

Weddings

After meeting Shannon for the first time, we knew we were up for a grand ‘ole time at their wedding. She actually forewarned us about their upcoming Jack Daniels theme, but assured us it would be done in a classy way. Honestly, we just can’t say enough good things about these two. They’ve made working with them such a joy & a pleasure – so a big THANK YOU in advance! We shot all the prep content at this lush but quaint venue adorned with all kinds of details. From its garden mazes to its perfectly manicured lawns and robust succulents throughout the property, this is a true gem. It was the perfect setting for the Billy & Shannon, who are a fun,  laid-back couple that like to kick back and enjoy life.  They decided to get ready at The Cottage before the ceremony at the Wedgewood San Clemente because of its beauty and uniqueness. They also didn’t hold back their casual, upbeat natures and Read More